Professional Biography

Dr. Kyle Schultz is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked as a therapist, educator, and lecturer in various settings with a diverse array of people. He received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Dr. Schultz joined the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 as a practicum seminar leader, and joined the faculty in the fall of 2014. He teaches courses in counseling interventions, advanced ethics, practicum, sociocultural issues in counseling, basic counseling skills, human sexuality, and career counseling. In addition to working as a full-time lecturer in the professional counseling program, he also owns his own private psychotherapy practice, seeing individuals with issues related to sexuality, relationships, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Dr. Schultz is dedicated to helping students understand the many theoretical and clinical developments in psychoanalysis since the days of Freud by teaching up-to-date research on psychoanalysis. Dr. Schultz also recently co-facilitated a group on working with underserved populations from a relational psychoanalytic perspective. He is a member of the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and will be joining the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis in Philadelphia (IRPP) for analytic training in the fall of 2017. 


Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Schultz is particularly interested in the area of human sexuality. His doctoral dissertation, entitled "Withdrawal from Sexual Addiction: An Evaluation of Symptomatology during Residential Treatment," looked at descriptive data of men who were in treatment for sexual addiction/compulsivity. Dr. Schultz has also presented on working with gender non-conforming clients in family therapy. More recently, he has studied the development of sexual identity in men and how the use of social media apps like Grindr and Scruff have been used to navigate the coming out process. In addition to his interests in sexuality, Dr. Schultz is also interested in the treatment of mental health challenges using a psychoanalytic approach.

Clinically speaking, Dr. Schultz's practice mirrors his academic research interests and endeavors. He primarily works with people around issues related to sexuality (LGBT issues including coming out, dating/relationships, sexual dysfunction, sexual addiction/compulsivity, sexual trauma). Dr. Schultz practices from a relational psychoanalytic perspective, though he is versed in and uses cognitive behavioral, person-centered, emotion-focused, and motivational interviewing approaches in his work, depending on the needs of his client. He has done individual, couple, family, and group therapy in various settings, including college campuses, community mental health settings, residential facilities for people with sexual addiction/compulsivity/trauma, and eating disorders. Dr. Schultz also volunteers as a supervisor for the peer counselors at the William Way Center, which provides free short-term therapy, in person and over the phone, for LGBTQ populations.  


Psy.D. (Clinical Psychology) Widener University, 2011

M.Ed. (Human Sexuality) Widener University, 2011

M.A. (Clinical Psychology) Widener University, 2008

B.A. (Psychology) State University of New York at Oswego, 2005

Areas of Expertise

Human sexuality

LGBT populations

Eating disorders

Relational psychoanalysis

Selected Publications

Schultz, K. (2015). “Where the Bears Are”: Understanding the gay male subculture of bears. Workshop conducted from Widener University, Chester, PA.

Schultz, K. (2014). Sexual orientation in clinical practice. Workshop conducted from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.

Schultz, K. (2014). Clinical considerations for work with lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) clients. Senator Vincent Hughes’ “Breaking the Silence on Mental Health” conference. Workshop conducted from Philadelphia, PA.

Schultz, K. (2013). The gender spectrum and family therapy. In collaboration with Council for Relationships. Workshop conducted from Philadelphia, PA.

Schultz, K. (2013). WeighED down? Panel discussion. St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.

Schultz, K. (2012, 2013). Sexual addiction in medical. Sex Week. Workshop conducted from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ,

Schultz, K. (2010). Withdrawal from sexual addiction: An evaluation of symptomatology during residential treatment. Workshop presented at the Keystone Center Alumni Conference, Philadelphia, PA.